Vaping: The New Look of Nicotine Addiction

By Mitch Wisniewski, HealthyJoCo Volunteer

There is a surge in the use of e-cigarettes among students in high school and college. The University of Iowa is no exception, as the National College Health Assessment recently reported that 26.8% of UI undergrads said they have used e-cigs in the last 30 days.  In a senior survey at a large Iowa City high school in 2019, 50% responded yes to the question “Have you ever vaped?”  While many on the UI campus are concerned about this growing trend of e-cig usage among current and incoming students, the impact of vaping goes beyond student wellness to include the impact on employers, health care costs, the environment, and more.

This growing issue has led to the formation of a coalition to communicate to those on campus and in the Iowa City community to share knowledge, challenges, and determine the next steps to reducing the issue of e-cigarette use. The series of campus/community activities and presentations, sponsored by the College of Public Health, is titled “Vaping: The New Look of Nicotine Addiction”.

Three community presentations are planned so far, and they will be open to the public at no charge (details are provided in the article); they will take place in Iowa City and Coralville. Additionally, campus activities are planned to further strengthen the initiative in reducing e-cigarette use.